by Led Zeppelin
Taken from their 1973 album Houses of the Holy
, the Rain Song weighs in at 7 minutes and 39 seconds. The verses are interspersed with long sections of gently pulsing guitar
, as well as a swelling orchestral string section
, complete with a cello
providing the bass
. There are no drums
until about 3:30, and they start out with John Bonham
's shuffling, quiet snares and brushed cymbals
, and grow slowly up to match the crescendo
the song is following, exploding into the winter
verse and backing down towards the song's close like a thunder
storm ending. The quiet, peaceful ending is a perfect segue
into the picked guitar at the beginning of Over the Hills and Far Away
It is the spring
time of my love,
the second season I am to know;
You are the sunlight in my grove
so little warmth I felt before.
It isn't hard to feel me glow
I watch the fire that grew so low.
It is the summer
of my smile;
flee from me keepers of the gloom.
Speak to me only ith your eyes,
it is to you I give this tune.
It ain't so hard to recognize--
these things are clear to all from time to time
I felt the coldness of my winter
I never thought it would ever go.
I cursed the gloom
that slipped upon us,
but I know that I love you so.
...But I know that I love you
These are the seasons of emotion,
and like the wind, they rise and fall.
This is the wonder of devotion,
I see the torch we all must hold.
This is the mystery of the quotient
Upon us all, upon us all a little rain must fall
...Just a little rain